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Microsoft’s Education Leadership in the 21st Century Program for principals and school heads takes a step further as monitoring and evaluation activities were conducted to 29 trained school principalsfor its Batch 1 cluster. The M&E activities which started last December 2012 to February 1 2013 involved (1) focus group discussions with the teachers who are under the supervision of the Lead Principal, and; and one on one meeting with the Lead Principal. The Coalition for Better Education (CBE), who has been Microsoft’s partner in its Partner in Learning Program and now in the Leadership Program, made use of ISTE’s M&E tool which is designed to evaluate the extent to which the principal has successfully implemented his/her school technology roadmap and integrate technology in the following key result areas: Leadership and Vision; Learning and Teaching; Productivity and Professional Practice; Support, Management and Operations; Assessment and Evaluation and Social, Legal and Ethical Issues.

Initial results show that out of 29 trained school principals, only 22 have submitted their school technology roadmaps, namely: Bulacao Community HS; Tisa Day HS; Cabancalan NHS; Mandaue City Comprehensive NHS; Bitoon National Vocational HS; Badian NHS; Sibonga NHS; Carcar Central NHS; LoocNorte NHS; Tuburan NHS; Kawit NHS; Daanbantayan NHS; Placido L. Sr. NHS; Talamban NHS; Gun-ob HS; Beatriz Durano MNHS; Mabinay NHS; Valencia NHS; Dumaguete City HS; Bilar NHS and Cogon Night HS.

The following schools have not implemented their roadmaps to date. It was agreed that the principals review their roadmaps and implement them in the following school year, namely: Abellana NHS; Pit-os NHS; Bantayan NHS; Camotes NHS; Liloan NHS; Tayud NHS and Punta Engaño HS.

Special commendation should be given, however, to the Cebu Province Division, headed by Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Arden D. Monisit and his Training Team in pushing for a division-wide mentoring cum training program of the Educational Leadership Program which formed part of the In-Service Training of Principals. To date, four batches of the above training program have been conducted by the lead Principals, with a total of 463 principal-mentees benefiting the program. The mentoring process is still ongoing and the principal mentees will be implementing their technology roadmaps in the coming year.

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